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Freedom of Information

Published on 26 January 2021

Ref: FOI/21015


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 22nd January 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.


Some employers deduct subscriptions for trade union members directly out of their wages of employees who are trade union members, via the payroll. The employer then gives these payments to the trade union.

Sometimes this arrangement is called the ‘check-off’.

Please advise:

  1. Do you have this arrangement in place for any of your workforce? If so for which trade unions do you supply this service?


Yes.  Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Unison


  1. What charge (if any) do you make to trade unions for collecting subscriptions on their behalf?


0.5% of the value of deductions


  1. What plans (if any) do you have to review your arrangements for collecting subscriptions? Do any such plans including charging trade unions for this service? Alternatively, do they include ending the arrangement altogether and leaving the trade unions to collect their own subscriptions?


No plans to change our current policy

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